‘Empire’ actor Bryshere Gray arrested again for violating probation after woman claims he abused her
An unnamed woman told cops that she and Bryshere Gray were seeing each other but 'his behavior was escalating and she was scared for her safety'
MARICOPA, ARIZONA: Bryshere Gray, former 'Empire' star, was arrested once again for allegedly violating his probation. The 28-year-old had already pleaded guilty to aggravated assault against his wife in 2021.
According to court documents acquired by TMZ, a woman reportedly called Arizona police recently to report that she and Gray were seeing each other but that "his behavior was escalating and she was scared for her safety." She informed police that Gray had yelled at her numerous times in the past and had thrown a box of food at her and pulled her hair. According to the police, Gray also had numerous encounters with the authorities, including a domestic disturbance complaint made against him in October. He was charged with probation violation since he reportedly neglected to tell his probation officer about these encounters. He was arrested after a judge signed a warrant and was detained.
In July 2020, police responded to a 911 call "that an adult female victim had been allegedly assaulted at her Goodyear home by her husband, who she identified as Bryshere Gray, an actor on the TV series Empire," according to a press release by the Goodyear Police Department. The actor entered a guilty plea to the charge of aggravated assault about seven months after he was first arrested for strangling his wife, according to TMZ. Gray was then sentenced to spend 10 days in an Arizona county jail in 2021, along with three years of probation. The other related charges against him, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping, were dropped, per his plea agreement.
Documents from Gray's 2021 sentence hearing revealed that his three years of probation came with a number of requirements. He was instructed to abstain from alcohol throughout his probation period and to avoid all contact with the victim unless permitted by Arizona's Adult Probation Department.
BREAKING:— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCrenshaw) July 13, 2020
Empire actor Bryshere Gray has been arrested in Arizona.@Goodyearpolice say he was taken into custody this morning after a barricade situation.
His wife called police saying Mr. Gray beat & strangled her. He's charged with felony assault and two misdemeanors. pic.twitter.com/ZdiWu7A76p
Gray's wife allegedly had "numerous visible injuries on her body and also stated that she was strangled at one point by Gray and temporarily lost consciousness," according to ABC reporter Zach Crenshaw. Gray was later taken into custody after allegedly initially refusing to come out of his residence and speak with officers. He was ultimately arrested "without incident," police said.